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Shop Small Sale Roundup

So this morning already I have read a report that someone was shot for over a parking space at a Reno, NV Target last night, and at a Macy's in New Jersey two men were shot, killing one. Uh, it's just a TV folks, certainly not worth this craziness!!

For this holiday season, I plan to support our small businesses. No, they don't make TV's but they do make some of the most amazing and unique things I have ever seen, and the craftsmanship far exceeds anything you would buy at a big box retailer in most cases. Shopping small supports local communities in a BIG way, and really these people are your friends and neighbors, and I want to support them first before I take my money to big box places and make people like the Walton family even richer than they already are.

Annndd-the bonus is I can do it in my PJs while sipping coffee (or wine) from home!

Below is a roundup of some of my favorite small shops and some of the special sales they are running for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday (really Sunday, you are lacking in your shopping sale moniker).

I'll kick it off with our little shop :)

 

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Summer Learning with Etsy Dallas

Take advantage of the slower summer months and work on sprucing up your business for the busy fall season with some classes and workshops with Etsy Dallas!

See below for the current calendar and hop on over to their blog for details on all the classes!


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Etsy Dallas Artisan Market at Taste of Dallas


Exciting news! Etsy Dallas has partnered up with Taste of Dallas to create the Etsy Dallas Artisan Market. This will be the 30th year that Taste of Dallas has showcased the best of what the Big D has to offer in art, music, and food (and now the local handmade scene).

The Etsy Dallas Artisan Market will include exclusively handmade vendors with all the quality goods from emerging artists and designers you have come to expect from Etsy Dallas including jewelry, accessories, art, body care, clothing, home goods, kids, pets, and stationary. In the coming months, you will be hearing a lot more about this exciting event, but for now-artists go apply here!

Applications will be open until April 15th.

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Craft Show Like a Pro Class

A while back we did some guest posts for Etsy Dallas on what it takes to have a successful craft show. Well, now we have taken all that great information and turned it into a class we will be offering twice a year!

If you are new to craft shows, need help with your booth and displays, or are just a little rusty this would be a great class to attend!

Class info
Date: April 2nd
Time: 12:00-2:30pm
Where: Dallas Makerspace, 1825 Monetary Lane #104 Carrollton TX 75006
Cost: $15
Ticket Info



In the class we will cover everything from how to prep inventory, booth designs, displays, what to bring and how to take payments. We will also have an open discussion/booth critique at the end.

Hope to see you there!

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GIfts for Tiny Humans - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

Toys, tee shirts and tepees! The gifts on this list will be sure to delight kids of all ages.

Taxidermy Baby Hippo Head by Nothing But A Pigeon

Ballet Giraffe Art Print 8x10 from Serious Creatures

Desert Birds Tunic by Freckled Chicken


Batman Deluxe Small Peg Set by Wooden Leg Named Smith

ninja turtle inspired handmade sock monkey by Mush Tushy 

Bunny Plush Pillow in Pastel Peach with Black and by Regal Cottage

Happy Star Plushie by These Things

HERO kids tee in athletic grey by Sweet Tees Shop

Handmade teepees from Bonjour MaeMae

Girls Fall Dress Girls by Emmi Lee Designs


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Gifts for the Hostess with the Mostess - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

We all have that one friend that loves entertaining. Don't just bring a bottle of wine, show your appreciation with a gift that can be used for future parties or be a conversation piece (ok, and bring that wine too!)
Celadon serving bowl with multi glaze stripes by BLUEFLAMESTUDIOS


Fused Art Glass Coaster Black Opal Art Glass by kesslercraftsman


Machine Embroidered Kitchen Dish Towel Blue and by InYourBones

Mojave Natural Leather Bowl by Scout and Lilly


Siracha Dish Towel by Fisk & Fern


Dragonfly Heart Pocket Planter by bothhandsstudio


Large Peacock Illustration Print by curiousandfanciful


You're Home Hand embroidered hoop art for your home by bedthread


Calaveras Craft Apron by miamaria



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Gifts for the Geek - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide

Geek /ɡēk/ An enthusiast of a particular subject matter. They are obsessed with the newest, coolest, trendiest things that their subject has to offer. The subject matter could be science, technology, dinosaurs, space and anything in between. You know who they are...In fact, I am one, please buy me all the things on this list ;)

100% Star Stuff Notebook by Pigsey Art

Wood Periodic Table Clock Baltic Birch by miniFab

Dinosaur Quartet Sandblasted Glass Set by Monster Dance Designs

Tea-Rex Ceramic Coffee Mug Coffee Cup by Happy About

Astronomy Pull Down Chart Reproduction  by Curious Prints

Pistol Shrimp Scientific Illustration 8 x 10 Print by J Shih Illustration

Queen Bohemian Rhapsody Song Poster Music Art by Voice And Sound

Foosball 11 x 14 Signed Print Gamera and MechaGodzilla by Chet Art

Leather Bastet Mask by Surly Bunny

Introvert Pendant engraved alder wood by Monica L Knighton

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Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash Gift Guide - Gifts under $25

Here are just a few of the many amazing gifts you can find at the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash, all under $25! Pick up one or two at the show, you never know when you will need a last minute gift, and a handmade item will be sure to impress!


Coffee Print by Paddy Wick Lane

 Small Cantaloupe Plate by Live Bree

 OM Breathe Necklace by Expressions Bracelets

Mini Dog with Heart necklace-Vegan by C Robinson Design

Fern Necklace Bridesmaid Jewelry Natural by April Hiler Designs

This Might Be Vodka Coffee Mug Funny by Sushi and Queso

 Animal Bear Tote Bag Reusable Bag Environmentally by ginablywww.ginably.etsy.com

The Answer is Always Tacos Wool Pennant Flag by Scout and Lilly


Little Bird Ceramic Tray by Lemon Glaze

Stainless Steel Desk Clock Eco friendly decorations by Hammer It Out 

DejaVino Wine Bottle Candle by The Pig and the Peacock

Lavender Tub Truffle Box Cocoa Butter Bath by Whipped Up Wonderful

Coffee Body Scrub by Lovely

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Gifts for the Dapper Dude

Don't think that a handmade craft show is just for the ladies. Guys, there will be some great finds for you at the Jingle Bash too! Pick them up yourself or drop a hint to your S.O.


A guy can never have too many t-shirts, especially when they are made by Dowdy Studio


 Help your guy keep his beard in check with a beard comb from Big T Woodworks. They can even be monogrammed with his initials.


Or, help him shed the beard with a handmade razor made from Australian Coolibah Burl wood, also by Big T Wodworks


Bring back the lost art of a close shave with this straight edge razor, complete with a "Man Card" strop, by Mini Fab. These can also be personalized!


Music lovers rejoice in this handmade portable iPhone acoustic speaker made by Kraken Acoustics


 Have a guy who likes to dress to impress? These cuff links by Tesoro Jewelry can be personalized to the longitude and latitude coordinates of any place (perhaps the place you met?). 

These great infinity leather bracelets by Mesa Blue are perfect for a guy who likes to keep his accessories understated but stylish.


These pewter wood grain cuff links by f. is for frank will add a little funk to any guys wardrobe.


 For the guy who likes to have a little edge, Dapper Guy Bow Ties has tons of cool fabrics and styles.


Not a bow tie kind of guy? Land of the Thread has lapel pins and pocket squares galore in bright fun colors and patterns.

Want more shopping inspiration? Check out our Pinterest Boards for lots of Jingle Bash Gift Guides! Don't forget, the Bash is 11/21 at South Side Event Center from 11-6pm!

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Gifts for the Fabulously Fashionable - Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash 2015


The countdown to the Bash has begun and throughout the next two weeks I will be sharing some gift guides for y'all to get your shopping lists started.

First up, are gifts for the fabulously fashionable friend - You know who she is, always with a cool statement piece, looking all effortlessly put together. 

See the whole gift guide here with links to the shops so you can see all the great handmade items our Jingle Bash artists make! 



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Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash!

Yep, it's time again for our favorite show, the Etsy Dallas Jingle Bash! Mark your calendars for Saturday November 21st from 11am-6pm.

This year there will be over 100 artists, mostly local and 100% handmade. The first 50 shoppers will score a coveted Bash Bag with all kinds of goodies from our vendors (last years was pretty awesome). There will also be bars on site so you can sip and shop, and a restaurant so you can fuel up for a second go 'round to make sure you didn't miss any must have gifts.




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Get Silky Smooth Legs for Summer!

Summa, summa, summatime! Well, summer may not have *officially* started, the 90 degree temps here in TX say otherwise and pool parties abound. It's really the only way we don't melt down here in the summer months.

That means it's time to start showin' off those summer legs! Want super soft and smooth legs? Follow the easy steps below!

  • Shave your legs as usual.
  • Massage in one of our Pig and Peacock Sugar Scrubs until the sugar is mostly gone. Be careful as the tub might get a little slippery!
  • Using your razor, shave the sugar scrub off your legs.
  • Rinse legs with water.
  • Pat dry with towel.
  • Ooh and ahh over how soft your skin feels.
  • To lock in moisture, apply lotion to your legs after drying off. Consider layering one of our matching scents of lotion with the scrubs and smell heavenly all day!

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Support our Fund on Etsy Project to Make DejaVino Candles a Reality!

For a long time now my sister and I have wanted to expand The Pig and the Peacock and add new products to our line. However, between our real jobs, keeping up with wholesale orders and organizing charity events with Etsy Dallas, it leaves us little time to make anything new.

We have been wanting to launch a new item to our shop called DejaVino Recycled Wine Bottle Candles. We make DejaVino candles by upcycling wine bottles. First we hand cut the wine bottles, then sand them down by hand too. We then etch quotes or images into the bottles using etching creme before hand-pouring them with 100% soy wax.

Prototypes of our DejaVino Recycled Wine Bottle Candles. Production candles will be sandblasted for a more impactful etch


We got the idea to make these candles by watching the bartenders at my boyfriends restaurant (Cafe Izmir) toss dozens of wine bottles in the trash every night. We just thought that there had to be something we could do to give those bottle new life, hence the name DejaVino. We have actually now provided Cafe Izmir with custom DejaVino candles with their logo etched on to them!

Currently what stands in our way of making this new line of candles is two things:

  1. Scalability of soap making production.
    • Our soaps are made in small batches which make it time consuming to produce large quantities to keep up with orders
  2. Scalability of DejaVino production.
    • As mentioned above every step of making DejaVino candles is done by hand. While they will still be 100% handmade, there is a big difference between hand sanding, and utilizing a belt sander. There is also a big difference in time and quality in using etching creme vs using a sandblaster.
How will this Fund on Etsy project help us?
  1. Scalability of soap making production.
    • We will be able to have custom soap molds made that are 100% larger than the current ones we have. Doubling our capacity will give us back valuable time to create new items like the DejaVino candles.
  2. Scalability of DejaVino production.
    • Since our arm feels like it is going to fall off after sanding 5 bottles, it is really important to get some tools. Roughly half of the funds raised will go towards a membership to Dallas Makerspace. There they have all the tools we need to streamline production of DejaVino candles, such as belt sanders and sandblasting cabinets.
    • The sandblasting cabinet is key to our production as it creates a much sharper, cleaner, deeper etch in the bottles that can not be achieved with the etching creme. It is also a lot faster too, which means we can etch more on any given day.
We are really excited about this opportunity to grow and hope that you will help support us by backing this project! We are also so honored that Etsy has chosen us to be one of the shops to be part of their Fund on Etsy launch!

How can you back this project? It's easy. Follow this link to our DejaVino Recycled Wine Bottle Fund on Etsy page and choose your reward level! We have a large selection of rewards from $5-$500, with a lot of goodies at every level!




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Crafts for Crayons and Girls Inc.

We are really excited and proud to be working towards what we hope will become an annual event to benefit Girls Incorporated of Metropolitan Dallas which will help girls and young women to be strong, smart and bold. I wanted to share on a more personal level why this is so important to me and my sister.

Two months ago Verizon came out with an ad called Inspire Her Mind that featured the life of a young girl whose parents slowly socialize her to not be interested in science-it stated a startling fact (at least for me): 66% of 4th grade girls like math and science, but only 18% of college engineering students are female. It ends with the question "Isn't it time we told her she's pretty brilliant too"? 



This struck a nerve with me (and my sister, the other half of Pig and Peacock). Our father, the engineer, ingrained it into our beings to be interested in math and science, to have a strong curiosity for how the world works and to learn about it. We even had to learn how to work on our own cars! I know that math and science isn't everyone's cup 'o tea, but the disparity between those two percentages bothered me, so I started looking into STEM mentoring which led me to Girls Inc. which offers mentoring to girls in math, science and tech.

Then, a month later, Always, came out with a campaign and video called #LikeAGirl asking grown men and women to run and fight "like a girl". Then they asked little girls to do the same, and asked the question "When did doing something 'like a girl' become an insult"?



The response from the little girl at 1:15 is what did me in. When she realizes that like a girl is not a good thing, but an insult. Tears. Seriously. It was at that moment that I knew I had to do more that think about doing something and take action. The more I read about Girls Inc. and their mission to empower young girls to be strong, self-confident, and successful the more I felt the need to do something for this organization.

While my sister and I joke that our family was dysfunctional (whose wasn't?) I really appreciate all that our parents did for us. Our father taught us that we should be the smartest kids in the class, that a 99 meant we were capable of making a 100. I appreciate that our mom taught us that to hit like a girl meant we should win the fight (she's real fiesty!) and that if we applied ourselves that there was nothing that could stop us. I realize now more than ever that we are truly lucky to have been raised by them, even if there was a lot of tough love. To thank my parents, I will share that encouragement with others who need it most.

The Crafts for Crayons event with Etsy Dallas seemed like the perfect place to start. While we do have some very talented guys on our team, most of the team members are women who run their own micro/small businesses. We are also all about helping lift each other up and elevating our community. This seemed like the perfect opportunity for us, as a team, to get involved and help by collecting school, craft and art supplies.

We hope that you will join us on Aug 30th at NorthPark Mall from 1-5pm to help support a great cause and share in the opportunity to make a difference!






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How-To Prepare for a Craft Show Part 1.2: Lay Out Your Booth Space and Displays

A continuation of the blog post we guest wrote on Etsy Dallas about craft show setup.

From part one of the Etsy Dallas blog post:

Lay Out Your Booth Space and Displays
About three weeks before the show, plan your booth space. Decide what your table layout will be, how your displays will be set up and where chairs and product storage will go but still be easily accessible. Tape off the booth space on the floor or driveway and be sure everything fits. Once you have a "floor plan," decide how your goods will be displayed.



It is important to do this because often you only have an hour or two to unload and set up for a show. Depending on your product unloading could take you 30 mins or more. Have to set up a tent? Add 10-15 min for that...tables? 5 more. That is 50 of your time right there, give or take 10 min based on the product you make. So it's imperative that you plan ahead on set up or you will either be unprepared or rushing right before the show starts.

What should you do in this dry run setup? Tape off on the floor or driveway (with painters tape) your exact booth space. Bonus points for setting up your tent in your driveway and working with that (and double checking that your tent is in order and you have all your parts and pieces).

Once you have your booth space marked off or tent set up you should consider the following:
  • How many tables will you need and what should their layout be-keep in mind you should leave room around the tables so you can enter and exit your booth space
  • Where and how will my displays be set up
  • Will my displays hold my product?
  • Can I see over and work around my displays?
  • Did I leave work space for myself to write receipts, wrap or package purchases, put my soda?
Try a couple different layouts. You may think you have laid out the best option, but try a few more anyways. You never know what you will come up with and it is a good exercise to do, just in case when you arrive at the show your booth space or location changes. It pays to be prepared with  a few options and be flexible.

Missed Part 1.1? Find it here:

How-To Prepare for a Craft Show Part 1.1: Make Enough Product



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Craft Party Photos!

We had a great time at the Etsy Dallas Craft Party and wanted to share some photos! Thanks to all who came out and to Etsy and Etsy Dallas for putting it together :)




 




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How-To Prepare for a Craft Show Part 1.1: Make Enough Product


Last week I shared the link of part one on how to prep for a craft show that I wrote for Etsy Dallas. As promised, I wanted to delve in a little deeper into some of these topics for you to really create a comprehensive resource for newcomers. We were once new too, and have pictures of the hot mess we were at our first show to prove it! Thanks to other seasoned crafters we found our way and now can happily pay that advice forward.

From part one of the Etsy Dallas blog post:

Make Enough Product
First and foremost you need product – and plenty of it. You should aim to still have a relatively full display toward the end of the show. If your booth looks empty, you might get passed by. Depending on your price points, you should expect to sell 1/4 to 1/3 of the inventory you bring. The best way to be prepared is to make a production schedule and try to stick to it. Then bring everything to the show, even if you aren't sure you will sell it.

There are many formulas for how to arrive at how much to make and bring to a craft show and I will cover more of them here. Some things to keep in mind for this is what kind of product you sell, your price points, and how much it takes to fill your display table. Since a lot of these formulas are in terms of dollars you will need to convert that to units based on what you make. We make soap, and at an average retail of $4-$5 to make $100 I would need to sell at least 20 bars. But if you sell $50 necklaces, you only need to sell two to make that same $100 and most likely will not need to make nearly as much inventory in units to cover your sales.

The next thing to consider is how much it takes to fill your display table or booth. You want your display to still look full at the end of the show (between 75-80% full at least). If your booth looks too empty shoppers may pass you up thinking that you have sold out of everything and you can miss a lot of sales this way. For example, for our soap, it takes approx 200 bars of soap to fill our table, so if based on the formulas below I expect to sell 250 bars, I need to make about 450 in total. Never. Look. Empty.



Here are a few formulas that you can use to give you an idea of how much you should make. I will use the same soap (at $5, 200 for display) and necklace (at $50, 50 for display) for these examples.

Option 1: 7x-10x your booth fee
With 10x the booth fee being your high side target, and 7x what you will more realistically sell.
Booth Fee $100
10x$100=$1000 
for $5 soap that is 200 bars to sell + 200 bars for display=400 total
for $50 jewelry that is 20 to sell + 50 to display=70 total

7x$100=$700 
for $5 soap that is 140 bars to sell + 200 bars for display=340 total
for $50 jewelry that is 14 to sell + 50 to display=64 total


Option 2: % of attendance
If the show you are doing gives you an annual attendance rate (assuming they are an established show) you can use this number as a guideline to multiply by your average transaction. The lower the price point the higher the rate. For under $10 a 3% rate of purchases per attendees is good-that is 1 of every 100 people. For higher price points this rate may be 1% or less if your price point is really high.
Show attendance=2000
3%*2000=60 shoppers
1%*2000=20 shoppers
60 shoppers*avg soap purchase (3 bars or $12)=180 bars ($720) + 200 display=380 bars
20 shoppers*avg jewelry purchase $50=20 necklaces ($1000) + 50 display=70 necklaces


Option 3: 1/4-1/3 total inventory sales
As we stated before expect to sell between 14 (25%) and 1/3 (33%) of what you bring. This approach is kind of a backwards approach to what you will sell. We have found you sell between 25-33% of the merch you bring. Want to sell $1000? Then you need to bring at least $3000 in inventory ($1000/0.33) which is 600 bars of soap at 33% (200 for display + 400 to sell).


Keep in mind that the cheaper the booth fee the lower the attendance usually is. It costs time, money, and effort to bring people into a show, so if the fee is low and there isn't an estimated attendance expect a low number and base inventory off of that.

Also consider the type of audience that is being targeted for the event. Does the target audience for the show match up to your target customer in terms of the type of product you are selling and your price points? Are you selling fine art for $400 at a show targeted to college age audience? It may not go over well.

Always remember at the bare minimum you should sell enough to cover your booth fee + the time you would pay your self for the hours you worked at the show x 2.

A lot of this comes from experience so it is important to keep track of how much you brought and how much you sell, in dollars and units (and by item type) if possible. The more detailed information you have the better you can use that information to help you prepare next time! 



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Etsy Craft Party 2014: Recapture!


Who's ready for a partay! Join Etsy Dallas and other area crafters for an evening of fun, food and drinks. This years theme focus is on transforming photographs into display worthy works of art using a variety of craft supplies and techniques! This years Craft Party will be held at City Craft this Friday (6/6) at 7pm!

Take a look at some of the inspirational pieces our team members have already cooked up in preparation of the event! Bring you own photos (or copies of them) or you can choose from photos on paper or fabric that will be provided at the event.
Photos from Etsy Dallas

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How To set up a Craft Show Booth Like a Pro

A few weeks ago we were asked by Etsy Dallas to guest write an article on how to set up for a craft show. My question back was "the day of? or all the actual work that goes into it?" Both! They said.

The resulting brainstorming session of me and my sister resulted in a two part series covering everything from the weeks leading up to the day of the event. We covered topics ranging from inventory forecasting to what's in our disaster kit.

There were several things I would have loved to delve into deeper, but I'm pretty sure they weren't going to change it to a 10 part series for me! :)
So over the next few days and weeks I will hit each subject in more detail so you can learn a little more of the behind the scenes buildup to a craft show.

But for now, head on over the the Etsy Dallas Blog to check out part one of How to set up a craft show booth like a pro!


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